Online Master of Arts in Special Education – Applied Behavior Analysis
With a Master of Arts in special education with a concentration in applied behavior analysis, you will learn the principles and foundations of applied behavior analysis and how it can be used to teach new skills and improve human behavior. The courses in this program are verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International® and can prepare you to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® exam.
Next start date: 08/18/2022
Total classes: 10
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 30
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What is applied behavior analysis?
Applied behavior analysis, or ABA, is a systematic and scientifically-based approach to understanding behavior. ABA can be used to teach new skills, enhance performance or reduce challenging behaviors in people of all ages, with or without disabilities. The specific focus of ABA therapy is unique to each person or situation, but in general, the goal is to increase behaviors that are helpful and promote learning. Applied behavior analysis can be used with any population including children, adults, families and communities. There are also a variety of settings in which ABA is useful such as education, business and health care.
Our applied behavior analysis degree concentration will teach you the process of ABA while focusing on ethical principles and evidence-based best practices. This includes practicing how to assess behavior, develop personalized therapy plans and use data to track progress. You’ll also discover how people learn and explore theories of behavior change.
Is applied behavior analysis a good career?
The need for ABA expertise is growing across the country meaning there are ample career opportunities in the field. A recent report from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board found demand for individuals holding BCBA or BCBA-D certification has increased by 80%. Likewise, ABA professionals can achieve comfortable salaries while engaged in meaningful work. According to PayScale, applied behavior therapists earn an average of $60,900 per year. ABA degree holders can also experience strong job satisfaction because their career assists individuals who often benefit from the extra support.
Will this degree help me to become an ABA therapist?
Becoming an ABA therapist is one of the potential career paths for graduates from this program. While this is a special education degree with a concentration in ABA, the program is designed to prepare you for any and all ABA careers, not just those in education. You’ll have the opportunity throughout the degree to tailor assignments to align with your career goals. This includes the culminating experience, in which you’ll produce a capstone project, applied project or electronic portfolio.
Does my applied behavior analysis degree concentration say 'online'?
No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
Please note your diploma will state the degree you earn: Master of Arts in special education. Your concentration in applied behavior analysis will not appear on your diploma, but it will be noted on your transcripts.
ABA graduate program classes
This ABA degree offers verified coursework that meets the requirements for the BCBA exam. This means our curriculum meets the highest standards and teaches empathetic and scientifically proven methods for behavior change. Courses throughout the program will give you the opportunity to gain practical experience with ABA and get feedback from certified instructors with professional experience in the field.
Measurement, Data Display, Interpretation & Experimental Design
Concepts & Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
Behavior Analytic Assessment
Behavior Change Procedures: Implementing Interventions in Behavior Analysis
Personnel Supervision and Organizational Behavior Management in Educational Settings
Philosophical Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis in Educational Settings
Ethics of Applied Behavior Analysis
Controversial Therapies; Science, Fad and Pseudoscience in Educational Settings
What can you do with an ABA degree concentration?
Graduates with a concentration in applied behavior analysis can work in education, program management, speech pathology, social work, behavioral consulting and more. For example, in special education ABA is useful in helping students who face learning or behavior challenges such as autism or ADHD. ABA can also be used to improve workplace culture, increase sustainability practices and boost performance in sports. Students in this program are not required to earn the BCBA certification and there are many careers where ABA skills are useful but BCBA certification is not required. This degree does not lead to teacher certification. Potential careers include:
Applied behavior analysis degree concentration admission requirements
Applicants to the Master of Arts in special education who want to pursue the applied behavior analysis concentration must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.
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